Infiniti is pulling back the curtain for an early look at the new 2016 Q50 and QX60, two of its best-selling vehicles. The Q50 is getting three new engine options and a special Red Sport 400 Edition. The QX60 is getting design tweaks, upgraded interior and new technology.
The biggest news about the 2016 Q50 is under the hood. It will now come with three engine choices, including Infiniti’s most advanced engine ever. The VR30 is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that delivers either 300 or 400 horsepower depending on the model. The new VR-series engine family replaces the 3.7-liter VQ-series V6.
“The Q50 has been the heart of our Infiniti lineup since it was introduced two years ago. So now it’s only appropriate that we get Q50 drivers’ hearts beating a little faster with these advanced VR-series engines,” says Randy Parker, Vice President of Infiniti Americas.
A new base engine is also being added to the lineup. The third choice is a 208-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo inline 4-cylinder engine. It will come standard with the base and Premium Q50 2.0t models later next winter. A hybrid version is also coming next year.
The Red Sport 400 edition gets Infiniti’s all-new Dynamic Digital Suspension, rack-mounted electronic power steering, Direct Adaptive Steering, and special 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels. We should get more details at its North American International Auto Show debut in January.
The new 2016 QX60 gets a facelift, which features a front and taillight design based off the Q50 with more LED lights. It will also offer interior upgrades and more safety features including Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection.
The updated QX60 will hit the road in late winter. The Q50 will arrive in the spring.